Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Background Matters

If you read this blog at all, you know that I'm a passionate amateur photographer. I love getting out with my camera and finding beauty. One thing I've learned in photography is that "background matters." Take a look at these two pictures of a Heron;

They're both ok pictures...however, the first one them "pops" quite a bit more. Why? Simply because of the background. The water background is a dark color, and is smooth, which contrasts the color of the Heron and causes it to draw our focus. In the second picture the bird has moved a little, and the background has gotten a lot busier, and lighter in color, diluting our focus leading to a less striking picture. Quite often photographers, myself included, pay too little attention to the "background." We focus on the subject but ignore how the background of our photo can add to or take away from the subject.

It's the same in life. Too often I pay little or no attention to the "background" of my life...and yet the background affects so much of who I am. Very rarely do any of us stop what we're doing, put on a cd or song, and sit still and listen to the song. However, we often have music playing "in the background." That music has an effect in you. It can lift your spirit, or take you back in time, or give you energy (like my "running" playlist), or make you feel blue or depressed. And yet music is kind of a "background thing."

There are other "background" things that effect us. The shows/movies we watch, the news we choose to read, the radio stations we listen to, food we eat and drink, and more. These things may seem trivial, and yet they affect us.

"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is,seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth."
What is in the background of your life, perhaps diluting the striking subject that God has made you to be? Is your background stuff helping you or hurting you? Is it drawing you closer to God or pushing Him away? Maybe it's time to move a little, and change that background.

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